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Tai Ginseng (Headless Man) by Tony Lackner

(c. 1982) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

This effect is based on a an old children’s toy of the 1930’s. Others, including: Fred Kaps, Eddy Tayelbaum, Ken Brooke, Herbert Martin Paufler have also created effects with the same basic principle.

A wonderful classic piece of magic from the great German master Tony Lackner.  The little guy just sits there headless and alone until the chosen card is waved over him them he jumps out and impales the card!  Visually great and surprising to the audience!

This is how Bob Ostin’s routine goes:
Bob shuffles about ten cards and has one selected. He then gives the cards to the spectator to thoroughly shuffle. As the spectator is shuffling the cards, Bob introduces the miniature figure of an old Turkish magician, and a wooden barrel. The magician is pushed down into the barrel where he remains with just his head sticking up out of the top. Bob takes back the cards and shoes then one at a time to the Magician in the barrel. As one of the cards is being shown to him the Magician suddenly jumps completely out of the barrel! The card is turned over – it is the selected card.

The talented Frenchman, Francois Danis, created a deluxe version of this effect which can be seen here.

Text Source: Paul Stone Catalogue of Professional Magic – 1983

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1 review for Tai Ginseng (Headless Man) by Tony Lackner

  1. Andy Martin

    A wonderful classic piece of magic from the great German master Tony Lackner from the early 1980’s. The little guy just sits there headless and alone until the chosen card is waved over him them he jumps out and impales the card! Visually great and surprising to the audience!

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